MV Agusta New Zealand News
MV Agusta New Zealand News

First European race and Reparto Corse is in the points in WSS and WSBK

Zanetti takes 5th place, Cluzel has another disappointment after taking pole position and leading the race for more than half distance. In WSBK Camier makes the top-ten in Race 1 behind the 2014 world champion. With the return to Europe of the WSBK and WSS Championships, MV Agusta is in the championship points with important…

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First European race and Reparto Corse is in the points in WSS and WSBK

Zanetti takes 5th place, Cluzel has another disappointment after taking pole position and leading the race for more than half distance.

In WSBK Camier makes the top-ten in Race 1 behind the 2014 world champion.

With the return to Europe of the WSBK and WSS Championships, MV Agusta is in the championship points with important placements in both categories.

On the long and twisting Aragon Motorland track the weekend nevertheless had started off even better after pole position was won by Jules Cluzel (1’53’138), the twelfth of his career for the French ace and a track record for WSS.

Jules got off the line quicker than the two Kawasaki riders, Jacobsen (Team Itermoto)and Sofuoglu (Team Puccetti), who pushed hard to catch the Frenchman without any success whatsoever. In fact, Jules stayed on the Turkish rider’s exhaust and, using his slipstream on the straight stretch, he managed to overtake him on the second lap. Sofuoglu returned the blow before the S-turn that leads to the straight stretch, but in the next lap Jules renewed the attack with a brilliant move on both the riders astride the green four-cylinder Japanese bikes.

In the meantime Zanetti, delayed at the start, came back from twelfth to seventh place, whilst Cluzel attempted several times to pull away from his rivals, but he wasn’t able, and in the ninth lap the Turkish rider took back the lead.

It’s a well-known fact that the French do not like to follow, so during the same lap he moved back into the lead, reconfirming his superiority which is rivalled perhaps only by his misfortune. In fact, on the same lap, his engine died because of an ignition coil failure, leaving the win to Sofuoglu’s Kawasaki, the new leader in the overall championship standings.

Defending the Reparto Corse team’s colours it was Lorenzo Zanetti who engaged in a spectacular duel for fourth place with Gino Rea, losing out by a hair just under the wire. Behind the rider from Brescia the Baldolini satellite MV F3 managed by team Race Department ATK#25 took its best placement of the season thus far.

In WSBK Leon Camier finished both races in the points with an excellent tenth place in Race 1 behind 2014 world champion Sylvain Guintoli, and a fifteenth place finish in Race 2.

The next round will be held in seven days on the legendary Dutch track of Assen.